Jemma Reid: why I am passionate about Goal 15

Jemma Reid: why I am passionate about Goal 15

Youth Reporter Rose Ziaei (left) speaks to Youth Summit delegate Jemma Reid (right), who volunteered with Progressio ICS in Nicaragua last year. Jemma is at the summit to speak to Progressio alumni about future opportunities and the Global Goals. What are you looking forward to the most today? Engaging with young-minded people who are ambitious and enthusiastic. What do you think is the most important Sustainable Development Goal and why? Goal 15 – sustainable land use and halting bio diversity loss. I am currently studying International Relations but the reason why I’m interested in Goal 15 is because of my volunteering experience. I volunteered in Tanzania on a conservation programme for biodiversity loss and my Progressio ICS placement in Nicaragua included a lot of work around sustaining land. We’re a growing population and it’s incredibly important to raise awareness about these issues because what we do is impacting small indigenous communities that we don’t normally think about in everyday life. What advice would you give to young people wanting to pursue a career in international development? I would suggest practical experience whether it is paid or volunteering or an internship. Enthusiasm is key. And making sure that you’re pursuing something that you are truly passionate about. You have to be proactive. Do not underestimate the skills you gained from ICS, even if it is something as small as interviewing someone from the community. To find out more about ICS, visit...